The Major League Baseball season was supposed to start in three days. Of course that was before the Coronavirus took every professional sport hostage including the cancellation of spring training exactly two weeks before opening day.
As it stands now, the earliest the MLB could return is mid-May at the end of its suspension, but chances are it’ll be even longer than that.
During a Sunday tele-conference, Toronto Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro said that teams would likely need a month of training and exhibition games to get ready for the start of the regular season once the league says they’re clear to get back to work.
So, by the time it’s all said and done, the season could easily be postponed by up to three months with the likelihood of a full 162 pretty much out of the question.
Today, News 25’s Jeff Haeger caught up with New York Yankees pitcher Jonathan Holder to see how the Gulfport and Mississippi State alum is handling these unprecedented times. “We were supposed to be playing a game in Montreal tonight and tomorrow night, and it’s just weird. It’s weird being home this time of year. Like I said, we’re just trying to do what’s best for our family and stay away from the disease as much as possible. But it’s weird knowing that Opening Day is supposed to be right around the corner, and now it’s been pushed back 8-10-12 weeks. I mean no one really knows how to stay ready, how to keep your arm in shape without getting tired because we know we’re going to be prepared to play late into October-November now, and so the biggest question is how to stay strong but also not waste any bullets. Everybody is ready for it to be back. I know we’re ready to get out there and play as soon as all this is over with, so I think it’s going to be huge. I think everybody is going to be excited to watch and hopefully it’ll be a great world championship season for the Yankees.”
Holder says he’s back in Gulfport for the time being, staying in shape by doing runs around the neighborhood and backyard workouts.